Leveraging the CSR Opportunity in India – Philanthropreneurship

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An article published by Samhita on the Philanthropreneurship forum, talks about how key stakeholders in the development sector can leverage the opportunity created by Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, commonly referred to as ‘the CSR law.’

The path to effectively scaling skill development programs

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Every year, India adds about 12 million people to its workforce, out of which a paltry 3.1 million are trained or qualified. In order to close this gap in skills, Samhita takes a look at the five key lessons that companies need to learn to effectively scale up their programs in skill development.

Assessing impact of development initiatives: Things to remember

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Samhita’s latest post on the Forbes India Business and Strategy blog examines the differences between outcomes and impact in order to help companies and their implementation partners develop a common understanding of impact measurement and what this means for CSR.

CSR in WASH: What are India’s top companies up to?

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This report maps the CSR trends in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) of the 100 companies with the largest CSR budgets on the BSE 500. It aims to understand major trends, highlight gaps and suggest potential solutions for companies who are implementing sanitation programs in line with the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

How to successfully engage employees in corporate volunteering programs

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In this article on the Forbes, Business & Strategy blog, Samhita looks at employee volunteering and how companies can successfully engage their employees and keep them happy and fulfilled while contributing to a good cause.

Samhita on Forbes India: The parody that is teacher education in India

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In this article on the Forbes India blog, Samhita looks at gaps in the education system, the challenges that trainee teachers face and effective ways in which companies can invest in training teachers through their CSR initiatives.

Skilling the unskilled: Why should companies get involved? | Part I

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The Skill India Mission launched by the Indian Government earlier this year aims to train 550 million people by 2022. With government-sponsored programs training only 3 out of the 12 million people entering the workforce every year, how do we close this gap? Companies can play a key role in the sector through CSR, public-private partnerships, apprenticeship models and other methods.

Skilling India: Getting it right | Part II

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What does an impactful skilling program look like? How do companies engage partners that will deliver effective training to those who really need it? Key insights from our conversations with practitioners from social enterprises and foundations involved in skilling.

CSR in education: What are India’s top companies up to?

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In order to understand the current CSR trends in education and the main challenges in the sector, Samhita Social Ventures has mapped the education interventions of 100 companies with the largest CSR budgets in India.

CSR Made Easy – Updated CSR laws

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Some of the recent amendments in the Schedule VII of Companies Act 2013 have indicated that contributions to ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’ and ‘Clean Ganga Fund’ would come under CSR framework.
‘Swach Bharat Kosh’ has been set up to attract funds, from various entities including corporates, for activities related to Swachh Bharat initiative.